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Aberdeen vs Rangers betting tips: Scottish League Cup semi-final preview & predictions

Aberdeen vs Rangers prediction: Aberdeen 0-2 Rangers

The second Scottish League Cup semi-final of the day takes place at Hampden Park.

These two teams have won 33 League Cups between them but both would love to end recent trophy droughts with another in December.

For one, their dreams will die here.

Who will make it through to face Celtic or Hearts in the final?

Aberdeen vs Rangers: Who will win?

Aberdeen were in both cup finals as recently as two seasons ago.

However, they are 7/2 to win this tie and make another final.

Rangers are favourites at 4/5 to get to win this one.

The Dons are 7/4 to qualify; Rangers are 2/5.

The tie to be settled by a penalty shootout is 6/1.

Scotland flag

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 31: The scottish flag is seen during the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final match between Dundee United and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on January 31, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Goals have been hard to come by for Aberdeen this season. Former Celtic man Gary Mackay-Steven is their top scorer with 5 goals. He is 9/1 to score first and 3/1 to score anytime.

Rangers may also struggle to get goals without their two best centre-forwards. Right-back James Tavernier is in fine form though and he is 8/1 to break the deadlock and 11/4 to net anytime.

Aberdeen vs Rangers: Match preview

It’s fair to say, that it’s been an underwhelming season for Aberdeen.

Under Derek McInnes, The Dons have finished runners-up in the last 4 season, but are along way off that this time around.

Their first Premiership game of the season was a home clash with Rangers.

They needed young forward Bruce Anderson to score a 93rd minute equaliser to salvage a point .

However, it’s been pretty grim viewing since.

They have won just three league matches, those three victories coming against the league’s bottom three clubs, Dundee, Motherwell and St Mirren.

Last weekend, they went down 2-1 at Tynecastle Park to league leaders Heart of Midlothian, a result which leaves them outside the top 6.

They have beaten St Mirren 4-0 and then Hibernian on penalties at Easter Road to get this far so can the cup once again provide a welcome distraction?

In their history, Aberdeen have lifted this cup 6 times most recently in 2014.

Back then, Derek McInnes’s side defeated Inverness Caledonian Thistle on penalties to end a 19-year trophy drought.

Can they keep this year’s League Cup hopes alive?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers, partially due to their liquidation, have gone seven seasons without lifting major silverware.

In 2010/11 Walter Smith’s side won the League and League Cup double, but the cabinet door has remained closed since.

They’ve started superbly under Steven Gerrard though.

The Gers have 17 points after 9 SPFL matches, winning five times, including last weekend’s 4-1 win against Hamilton Academical

That was their first away win of the season in the league.

The highlights from Hamilton 1-4 Rangers – video

They’ve also been outstanding in Europe.

A 2-2 draw in Spain with Villarreal was followed by a 3-1 home victory over Rapid Vienna.

On Thursday, they hosted Russian side Spartak Moscow and drew 0-0 to just about remain top of the group.

That means they are now unbeaten in 11 European ties under Gerrard (including qualifiers).

It’s been pretty plain-sailing in this competition.

They won 3-1 at Kilmarnock in the second round before easing past Championship high-fliers Ayr United in the quarter-finals.

Rangers are in the midst of their longest trophy drought since 1910 so Steven Gerrard will see this competition as a great chance to end that.

Will they make the final?

Aberdeen team news vs Rangers

Pittodrie Stadium

ABERDEEN,UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 11: A general view of inside Pittodrie Stadium before the Scottish Premiere League match between Aberdeen FC and Motherwell FC at Pittodrie Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Aberdeen,Scotland. (Photo by Andy Buchanan/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Aberdeen are without three key players, all of whom have long term injures.

Tommie Hoban could be back soon but fellow centre-back Mark Reynolds and midfielder Greg Tansey are not expected to be back for at least a month.

Despite the arrival of Czech goalkeeper Tomáš Černý, Joe Lewis has started every game so far in goal.

Lewis has missed just 10 of 115 matches since joining the club in 2016.

Right-back Shay Logan and left-back Andrew Considine are two of three players who started the League Cup final in 2014 who are in contention to play in this one.

The other is Niall McGinn, although he’s had a brief spell in South Korea with Gwangju FC before returning to the Granite City.

Aberdeen captain, Graeme Shinnie, was actually playing for Caley Thistle that day, but would love to lift his first trophy with Aberdeen next month.

Gary Mackay-Steven is their biggest goal threat and will be a handful on the left.

Sam Cosgrove will lead the line.

He’s only scored twice in 188 appearances for Aberdeen but what a time this would be to end his goal drought.

Can they upset the odds?

Rangers team news vs Aberdeen

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 04: Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for Rangers, they’ll have played less than 3 days before this game kicks off in their Europa League tie with Spartak Moscow.

Nevertheless, not too many changes are anticipated.

Back-up keeper Wes Foderingham has played both League Cup games so far but number 1 Allan McGregor is set to start for the 21st time this season.

In defence, despite early season promise, Nikola Katić has been displaced by Joe Worrall.

The other Croat at the back, Borna Barišić is out injured, so Jon Flanagan will continue at left-back.

On the other side will be James Tavernier who’s scored 8 goals already this season; all of which have been penalties though including two at Hamilton last Sunday.

In midfield, Scott Arfield picked up an injury in Canada’s CONCACAF Nations League win in the Virgin Islands earlier this month, so will miss out.

Graham Dorrans is also unavailable with a knee injury.

They do also have problems up front though.

Kyle Lafferty, who’s won this cup twice previously during his first spell at the club, is cup tied having played for Hearts in the group stages.

Also, Alfredo Morelos is suspended having picked up 2 yellow cards this season’s cup.

He’s scored 12 goals this season including 4 in this competition so will be a big miss.

That means, on-loan Roma forward Umar Sadiq will get his first start in a Rangers jersey.

Can the Nigerian make an impact?

Despite these problems, Rangers should have enough to get past The Dons and make the final.

Predicted Aberdeen team vs Rangers

Predicted Rangers team news vs Aberdeen

The latest tweets from Aberdeen pre Rangers

The latest tweets from Rangers pre Aberdeen

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Rangers to beat Aberdeen & both teams to score: 29/10!